2017 Annual Conference Schedule

We hope to see you at the 2017 Annual Conference! Preregistration has ended.  Registration at the door is available, although meal events may be limited.

2017 Conference Program FINAL (no ads)

If you are already registered and have questions about your registration, please contact Carolyn Fifer at 919-832-3652 x 227.

Wednesday, September 27

1:00-4:00pm: REGISTRATION (Great Hall, Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr)

2:00-3:15pm: PRESERVATION YEAR IN REVIEW (Great Hall, Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr)

  • Hear from North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton
  • Travel throughout the state and learn about the accomplishments of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office with Dr. Kevin Cherry, Deputy Secretary for Archives, History and Parks.
  • A recap of the year’s significant events from Preservation North Carolina. Preservation NC Staff.
  • Election of Preservation North Carolina Directors

3:15-3:45pm – BREAK

3:45-4:30pm: SPECIAL SESSION: Fourth Ward: A Remarkable Experiment in Historic Preservation. Forty years ago, Charlotte set up NC’s newest local historic district which was primarily vacant land. In anticipation for the evening’s tour, learn more about the remarkable story of urban “pioneers” and their efforts to make this neighborhood a vibrant and desirable blend of historic and contemporary. Betty Chafin Rash (Great Hall, Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr)


5:30-7pm: REGISTRATION (McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N Tryon St)

5:30-8pm: WELCOME RECEPTION AND FOURTH WARD WALKING TOUR: Sponsored by CohnReznick. Eat, drink and mingle with fellow preservationists at the McColl Center for Art +Innovation, a fire-gutted, neo-Gothic church-turned- contemporary art center! Also enjoy a self-guided tour of Fourth Ward Neighborhood. (McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N Tryon St)


Thursday, September 28

8:00-11:30am: MORNING REGISTRATION (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

9:00-9:15am: OFFICIAL WELCOME from County Commission Chair Ella Scarborough (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

9:15-10:00am: ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY OF CHARLOTTE: John Howard, Planning Manager for the Charlotte Historic Districts Commission. (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

10:00-10:30am: BREAK

10:30-11:45am: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Briana Grosicki, Director of Research for PlaceEconomics, will discuss how rural counties and small towns that are losing population might learn from how Rust Belt cities are “Rightsizing.” (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

11:45am-1:30pm: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30-4:00pm: AFTERNOON REGISTRATION (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

2:00-3:00pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS (in various spaces within Spirit Square)

A1. OUR DIVERSE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY: New information about the origins and geographic locations of Freedmen’s Villages across the state, from colonial to reconstruction-era settlements. Earl Ijames, NC Museum of History. (Education Studio, 2nd floor)

B1. TRAINING FOR COMMISSIONS, PART 1: Secretary’s Standards and Substitute Materials; the program will cover the Secretary’s Standards as commonly applied to historic building repair and rehabilitations, including state and federal preservation tax credit projects. Common types and uses  of substitute materials will be explored, as well as decision making for selecting appropriate materials.. Jennifer Cathey, SHPO. (McGlohon Theater)

C1. BIGGER AND MORE CHALLENGING PROJECTS: The Newest Thing, Food Halls. Renovating Raleigh’s Stone’s Warehouse and Charlotte’s Tompkins Hall into foodie’s delights. Jason Queen, Monarch Property Co.; Fred Belledin, AIA, Clearscapes; and Cliff Brown, Tompkins Hall. (Middleton/McMillan Gallery)

D1. MODERN DAY PRESERVATION: An update on using tax credits, primarily for homeowners. Mitch Wilds, SHPO. (Knight Gallery)

3:00-3:30pm: BREAK

3:30-4:30pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS (in various spaces within Spirit Square)

A2. OUR DIVERSE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY: Neighborhood research in the digital age: Charlotte’s McCrorey Heights, an African American post-WWII suburb. Dr. Tom Hanchett, Community Historian and Brenda Tindal, Staff Historian and Senior Vice President of Research and Collections, Levine Museum of the New South. (Education Studio, 2nd floor)

B2. TRAINING FOR COMMISSIONS, PART 2: How local commissions are dealing with substitute materials. Scott Sherrill, City of Concord, John Howard, City of Charlotte, Michelle McCullough, City of Winston-Salem and Annie McDonald, SHPO. (McGlohon Theater)

C2. BIGGER AND MORE CHALLENGING PROJECTS: Perspectives of a developer and SHPO about new challenges in using the tax credits. Richard Angino, Third Wave Housing and Mitch Wilds, SHPO. (Middleton/McMillan Gallery)

D2. MODERN DAY PRESERVATION:Sustainability and energy efficiency for old buildings. Alan Spruyt, Trinity Design/Build and Tom DelViscio, Lime Energy. (Knight Gallery)


5:30-7:00pm: REGISTRATION (Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson Street, Suite 200)

5:30-8:00pm: NODA PARTY: Join us for a party in NoDa, Charlotte’s hip arts and entertainment district. Enjoy food, drinks and tour of homes. A tour map will be provided when you arrive. (Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson Street)

8pm-Until: YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GATHERING: Sponsored by Falcone Crawl Space and Structural Repair and NoDa Company Store. A fun, casual get-together for the young and young at heart, free to all conference attendees. (NoDa Company Store, 3221 Yadkin Ave)


Friday, September 29

8:00-11:30am: MORNING REGISTRATION (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

8:30-9:30am: STUDENT PRESENTATION: Myrick Howard, Professor of Practice at UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning, will talk about Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, a major new park being planned on the site of a former mental institution. Chase Nicholas of Empire Properties, a recent graduate in city planning at UNC, will present his masters project about the reuse of the hospital’s main building, which was designed by A.J. Davis. (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

9:30-10:30am: COVINGTON KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Hear from self-described museum anarchist Franklin Vagnone, author of Twisted Preservation and new President of Old Salem, as he offers a wry, rule-breaking perspective about the house museum of the future. (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)

10:30-11:00am: BREAK

11:00am-12:15pm: 2017 HONOR AWARDS, presented by Biltmore. (McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 320 N. Tryon Street)


12:30-2:00pm: HONOR AWARDS LUNCHEON (Foundation For The Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon Street)


2:00-3:00pm: GUIDED TOUR OF TOMPKINS HALL: Conference attendees may take an exclusive guided tour of the still under-renovation Tompkins Hall. There is designated parking for those attending the tour. (340 E. 16th Street)

2:00-4:00pm: SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF CHAPEL OF CHRIST THE KING: Established in the 1890s as an outreach to mill workers, Chapel of Christ the King will open its doors for conference attendees. Built in 1921 and consecrated in 1922 as the Chapel of Hope, the original building (still in use) was designed by W.H. Peeps, architect of Latta Arcade, Ratcliffe Flower Shop, Ivey’s Department Store and more.  (425 E. 17th Street)

*All dates and times are subject to change.